Frequently Asked Questions …..
Why should I rent in Coronado Bay?
Coronado Bay in the city of Coronado is one of the best buildings to live in on the Panama beach! Coronado Bay is walking distance to a few restaurants, a small mini-market store and has a great social network. It passes the “bare foot” test, which means you can leave the apartment barefoot in a swim suit and go to the beach or one of the 3 pools. There is a gym, sauna, small game room as well as a roof top pool and social area. Our renter demographics are couples, single women and men (most are North Americans) from the age of mid-20’s to late 70’s. People of all ages and back grounds meet on the roof top at sun set to socialize and breathe the fresh air! You will love living here!
How far is Coronado Bay from the airport?
We are about 1 ½ hours from the airport depending on traffic. Coronado is about 1 hour from the Bridge of the Americas in Panama City, so it’s easy to live here and have day trips to Panama City.
Do I need a car and should I consider transportation to and from the airport?
Coronado Bay is one of the few resorts on the beach where you could get away without having a car depending on what you want to do. You can get a taxi to the main part of town (3-5 minute drive for $5), walk to town or walk to one of the nearby restaurants. Whether you are renting a car or not, we recommend getting a driver to and from the airport and renting your car in Coronado. Here is a link for our recommended Car Rentals, Drivers & Taxis: Car Rentals, Drivers & Local Taxis
How do I pay?
Once you have confirmed what apartment you want to rent, we send you a rental agreement with payment information. We take a security deposit to reserve the apartment that can be paid by PayPal or as a bank transfer if you are local to Panama. We will collect the balance in cash at check-in.
Do you take credit cards?
PayPal accepts credit cards, however you would have to pay the fee for using a credit card since our quotes are a cash quote.
Are there any hidden fees?
No hidden fees or surprises. We review the total payment with you, which is the rental, security deposit and an exit cleaning restock fee. The security deposit is refunded within 10 days or less of your rental. Unless otherwise quoted (longer rentals or low rate quotes), the rental rate includes up to $50/month pro-rate of electricity and your cable TV and WiFi. We do meter readings when you arrive and leave and if your electricity is high, then any overage is kept from your deposit.
Does the apartment have TV and WiFi?
Yes, ALL apartments have at least one TV with cable channels and a dedicated WiFi network. Coronado Bay also has WiFi in the social areas on the roof top so that you can stay connected.
Are there any English channels on the TV?
Our service provider is Cable Onda and depending on the package in the apartment there can be 2 – 10 or more English channels. Here is a link to a live TV Guide: https://www.cableonda.com/guia-television
How do we get the key for the apartment?
Good question! We provide a personal check-in and meet you in the lobby to take you to the apartment. We get with you about a week before your arrival with a detailed check-in email and find out your arrival time to the airport or Coronado Bay so that we know when to meet you. We have a room book with instructions on the apartment and building that we review with you and answer questions. This document is emailed to you in advance in your check-in email.
What items are in the apartment? Do I need to bring sheets or towels?
The condo is equipped and set up as “fully furnished” that includes linens, pillows, towels, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, TV, furnishings and most basic items needed. You can look up your specific apartment under the “View this Property” > “Amenities” tab for the main inventory, such as a blow dryer, safe, bed size, toaster, etc. Vacation Rentals For all rentals we provide a roll of toilet paper, paper towels and Welcome Basket and a bottle of wine. Please let us know if you do not drink alcohol and we will provide another option. For rentals less than 2 weeks we provide shampoo and conditioner as well as the other aforementioned items. Each condo is individually owned and furnished by the owners, WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE ITEMS YOU MAY BE ACCUSTOMED TO HAVING AT YOUR OWN HOME. If there is a special item that you are accustomed to using such as a special cooking utensil, etc., please bring the item with you just in case. If you arrive and do need something that is not in the condo, please send us an email and we can see if we have it.
Is there maid service?
While linens and towels are included in the condo, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. For an additional charge, we can offer a cleaning service for you with an advance notice for scheduling.
Is the ocean safe for swimming?
The majority of the time the water is safe for swimming. The building displays a yellow or red flag by the beach entry on days when you need to take caution or avoid swimming in the ocean. There are no life guards, so please do not get in the ocean if you do not know how to swim or if there are big waves. The Pacific tide in Panama can change up to 20 feet every 6+ hours! You will have a tide chart in the newspaper in your apartment, however here is a link to see the tides by month: http://playacommunity.com/en/tide-tables.html
Is Coronado Bay and Coronado safe?
Yes, Coronado Bay has 24 hour security and is very safe. Coronado is safe, but like anywhere use caution especially late at night. We have an organization called “Panamá HELPLINE” which is a group started to keep ex-pats safe with an English speaking contact in the event of an emergency. This is a member based organization and is $120/year. Depending on the length of time in Panama, you might want to consider joining for your time in Panama. The website: http://www.panamahelpline.org/
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, the water in Coronado and in Coronado Bay is safe to drink. Coronado Bay has a large reserve tank and a well, which helps us during times of water shortages, especially during dry season (January – April). We should all do our part to conserve water where ever we are in the world. Here are some great tips that apply in the apartment: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-ways-to-conserve-water-at-home.html
What’s going on in Coronado during my stay?
We have a local community calendar with “WHAT’S GOING ON” that you can check out before your arrival for Special Events, Happy Hours, Spanish Classes, Yoga, Live Music, Kids Events, etc. http://playacommunity.com/en/events.html
Tell me about Panama etiquette? What about tipping?
We are “beach casual”, except if you have a professional appointment in Panama City and men must wear pants and ladies need to have shoulders covered (a shawl is good)! When entering a bank do not wear sunglasses or a ball cap. When passing by people or entering an elevator it is common to great people with “Hola” or “Buenas”. Most tips are 10%. When driving, WATCH YOUR SPEED AS IT CHANGES FROM 60 TO 80 TO 100 TO 80 ETC.
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